Cannobio on Lake Maggiore

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Cannobio – your destination for a real dream vacation!

Just a few kilometers past the Swiss border lies the picturesque village of Cannobio. Once you have crossed the border into Italy and reached Cannobio via the sometimes somewhat narrow and impressive coastal road, you immediately realize: now you are in Italy, here and now the vacation can begin!

Cannobio, with its nearly 6,000 inhabitants more of a village than a town, inspires with its location directly on Lake Maggiore. Cannobio is located on the delta of the Cannobina River, which meanders through the narrow Cannobina Valley and flows into the lake directly in Cannobio. This proximity to the lake can be felt immediately: the climate is pleasantly warm, often with a light pleasant wind. The whole village of Cannobio opens onto Lake Maggiore and along the beautiful and wide promenade you can stroll, stroll, enjoy the Italian flair and very tasty Italian cuisine.

Arriving in Cannobio means switching off, relaxing, enjoying the lake, the land and the people. vacation. Cannobio is pure Italy, just a few hours’ drive from Germany.
While in summer life pulsates in Cannobio, the promenade is animated by musicians, street artists and many people, from late autumn the place changes a lot. One experiences the authentic old fishing village of Cannobio, almost without tourists and strongly decelerated, almost as if in winter rest. With plenty of time for pleasant conversations with the locals. Cannobio from a different perspective, which everyone who loves Cannobio should have experienced!

Cannobio Promenade
Cannobio Promenade

Sights in Cannobio

The most important tourist attraction in Cannobio is the typical Italian lakeside promenade, known and loved as one of the most beautiful on the whole of Lake Maggiore. The many cafes, bars and restaurants invite you to a cozy cappuccino or delicious dinner. Always accompanied by a breathtaking view of the lake, which is framed by impressive mountain ranges. The houses on the lakeside promenade in Cannobio are colorful and immediately create a cheerful mood.

On Sundays, the famous weekly market in Cannobio takes place on the entire waterfront – by the way, in summer as well as in winter, even in pouring rain, which one rarely experiences in Cannobio, but when it does, it is heavy.
If you walk north along the promenade, you will reach the public beach in Cannobio (“Lido Cannobio“). A green sunbathing lawn and a very wide section of the beach create a pleasant bathing atmosphere even with large crowds at the height of summer. In summer, a huge mobile water slide and a mobile aqua park provide great fun for children – Acqualand Cannobio.

Incidentally, the water quality is excellent. Cannobio is regularly awarded the blue ribbon, a confirmation of excellent water and beach quality. The Cannobina flows into Lake Maggiore at the public bathing beach, a pleasant walk along the Cannobina river into the Cannobina valley is ideal for a stroll, but is also a popular route for joggers along the river and is also very pleasant for cycling.

The Dancers’ Bridge – Ponte Ballerina

After a few hundred meters you reach the Ponte Ballerino, a suspension bridge that spans the Cannobina River and is beautifully lit up at Christmas time. Locals and guests decorate the suspension bridge with “love locks,” an old Italian tradition meant to bind lovers together forever.

Cannobio love lock
Cannobio love lock

If you want to extend the walk, follow the path from Cannobio to Traffiume, a village near Cannobio. From there you can reach one of the most impressive places on Lake Maggiore: Orrido di Sant’Anna. The gorges and the Sant’Anna waterfall are a breathtaking natural spectacle. Here, the Cannobina cuts deep into the rock and stone to form a natural bathing area with a beautiful sand/gravel beach below the chapel of Sant’Anna.

Especially in summer, this place is very popular with locals and tourists alike to cool off in an impressive landscape. Hobby divers can enthusiastically explore the depths of the river/rock structures here. But be careful: even in summer, the water of the Cannobina is very cold. This bathing spot rarely gets warmer than 10-15 degrees. But a refreshing dip can be a great way to cool off in Cannobio, especially in the Piedmont summer. Lake Maggiore is significantly warmer in summer, here you can find information on the water temperature of Lake Maggiore near Cannobio.

Guests of the Lakeview Cannobio Camping Resort are close to another very beautiful sight: from Nizzolino, also a village of Cannobio, a hiking trail winds its way to Sant’Agata. It takes about an hour on foot to reach Sant’Agata from Cannobio-Nizzolino. An hour well worth it: once in Sant’Agata you will enjoy a magnificent view over Cannobio and the Cannobina delta, on fine days with distant views far to the south and north.

A bar right at the viewpoint is the ideal place for a late breakfast, and the Trattoria della Volpe right in Sant’Agata is a real insider tip for fine Italian cuisine. There are many other hiking options from Sant’Agata, for example up the impressive Monte Giove. Monte Giove is also a well-known and popular take-off point for gliders.

Sports in Cannobio

Cannobio offers a lot for sports enthusiasts. At the public bathing beach there are several possibilities to round off the bathing day with beach volleyball and football. Several tennis courts are available at the entrance of the village, not to be overlooked when driving from Lakeview Cannobio Resort to Cannobio.
Right next to the tennis courts you will also find a miniature golf course. Fitness centers are also in the village. Water sports courses (including windsurfing and sailing) are offered directly on Cannobio’s public beach, Lido Cannobio. At Lakeview Cannobio Camping Resort you can also conveniently learn several water sports at the Lakeview water sports school.

SUP, kayaks, pedal boats and motorboats etc. can be hired directly from us and used directly from our own beach. For adrenaline-filled canyoning or trekking tours, we can arrange providers near Cannobio. And for even more adrenaline, we recommend the original James Bond Goldeneye bungee jump in the Verzasca Valley or a tandem parachute jump over Lake Maggiore. Zipline Lago Maggiore also offers an impressive zipline over the valleys, information about this is available at our reception. The Wonderwood high ropes course is very family-friendly, the perfect climbing adventure for young and old and just 20 minutes from Cannobio.

Shopping in Cannobio

Cannobio offers many shopping opportunities: two supermarkets, one of which is right by the public beach. Various bakeries and delicatessens with Italian specialties that you should definitely visit provide a good supply.
The old town of Cannobio invites you to stroll around: many stores for clothing, shoes, handicrafts and all everyday necessities can be found here.

Every Sunday there is also the Cannobio market on the promenade, which presents not only food but also clothing, shoes and especially leather goods. As a guest of Lakeview Cannobio, you can reach the market in Cannobio without stress by taking the funicular. Information is available at reception. If you want to do more shopping you can go to Verbania (about 35min from Cannobio) or go to the Centro Isole in Gravellona Toce (about 50min), a huge shopping center. Within 90min you can also store at outlet prices at Foxtown Outlet Center or Vicolungo the Style Outlets. Here you can find more information about shopping on Lake Maggiore.

Medical care in Cannobio

The pharmacies in Cannobio are very familiar with tourists and provide multilingual help with all questions regarding medication. For dental emergencies, there is a new dental practice in Cannobio right next to the supermarket by the public beach. And the Centro Medico di Cannobio (Via Zaccheo Paolo) offers medical care in almost all specialties. Of course, an emergency doctor is also available for emergencies, please dial 118. If you need to go to hospital, the hospitals in Locarno in neighboring Switzerland are the quickest option, where German is also spoken very well.

Food in Cannobio

What would Italy be without the famous food? Of course, Cannobio is also a paradise for gourmets.
While you can eat well (and comparatively cheaply!) on the promenade, but are exposed to larger crowds, there are many traditional restaurants for lunch or dinner in Cann obio just outside the promenade.
On the way to the Cannobina Valley, less than 5 minutes by car from Cannobio, you can find for example Antico Sempione, a traditional Italian restaurant with excellent cuisine. A few hundred meters away, Vino e Divino delights with very modern Italian cuisine.

For those who prefer the front row of Cannobio’s lively promenade, we recommend Cafe Sport and Cafe Verbano. Both offer very good and affordable hot meals from lunchtime until late in the evening. In addition to good pizza and pasta, both restaurants also serve fresh fish and meat dishes. Right next door, Laura & Paul is a little more upmarket, which is also reflected in the prices. Beer-Bante, a little further north on the Lungolago di Cannobio, focuses more on pizza and meat, but is also highly recommended. In all of these restaurants you can sit on the promenade with the best view of Lake Maggiore. The food in Cannobio tastes twice as good!

… and pizza is a must in Cannobio!

The quick take-away pizza is also part of Italy and Cannobio. The Ristorante Torchio (directly in the village of Cannobio, Via Darbedo) caters to the take-away wishes of many campers. Right next door, you can get some top-notch Neapolitan pizza to go at Nello’s. And if you need culinary variety: Cannobio even offers sushi, with two very good Asian restaurants right on the main street.
If you want to combine an excursion with a view with good food, we recommend the Trattoria Volpe in Cannobio Sant’Agata. From Sant`Agata you have a fantastic view over Cannobio, can enjoy an aperitif in the bar on site with a view over the Cannobio delta and then enjoy regional specialties of very good quality in the Trattoria Volpe (within walking distance).

Events in Cannobio

The year begins on the eve of January 8 with the Feast of the Most Holy Pietà, a religious event. Tourists usually refer to this evening as the“Festival of Lights in Cannobio“, as the whole town and especially Cannobio’s old town and waterfront promenade are decorated and magically illuminated with red grave lights. Absolutely worth seeing!

Cannobio is also a real carnival stronghold. During the carnival season, there are many events in the large carnival tent on the sports field. The highlight is the parade through the streets of Cannobio.

In summer, many concerts and other artistic events take place in Cannobio, especially on the promenade. A special highlight: the fireworks display on the lakeside promenade of Cannobio, usually at the end of July, accompanied by music. It is fired from several boats from Lake Maggiore. In addition to the well-known weekly market in Cannobio , several antique, art and specialty markets are held in summer.

The year regularly ends with a huge New Year’s Eve party on the lakeside promenade in Cannobio. In previous years, the event was accompanied by a food truck festival . You can find an overview of events in Cannobio here.

As you can see: Cannobio is very diverse and always worth a visit!

Cannobio by night
Cannobio by night

How to reach Cannobio

By car: the easiest way to reach Cannobio is certainly by car. Coming from the north (highway A2 Gotthard or highway A13 San Bernardino) leave the highway at the exit Bellinzona-Süd and follow the signs to Locarno. From there, head towards Brissago / Italia along the coastal road until you reach Cannobio.
By train: either Verbania station (Italy) and from there by bus line 3 (VCO Trasporti) via Verbania-Intra to Cannobio. If you are traveling from the north, we recommend taking the Swiss train to Locarno (Switzerland) and then the bus to Brissago. In Brissago, change to line 3 VCO Trasporti to Cannobio. You can find the VCO Trasporti timetable here.
By plane: The nearest international airport is Milano Malpensa, from there by train to Verbania and then by bus to Cannobio. There is also a small regional airport in Lugano, but only a few passenger airlines fly to it. Private pilots can fly as far as Locarno-Tenero Airport.
By boat: as an alternative to the bus, Cannobio can also be reached by boat from Verbania and Locarno. Please note, however, that the ports are not directly at the train stations and therefore a longer walk must be planned. In Locarno, the port can be reached quite easily from the train station, in Verbania a cab will be necessary. Although the boat trip is very nice for tourists, it is not the best choice for getting there. You can find the timetables of Navigazione Lago Maggiore here.

Historical facts about Cannobio:

Even if the history of the municipality of Cannobio is probably not important for all guests, we would like to mention it.
The origins of Cannobio can be traced back to Roman times, when the area was populated by various tribes. In the Middle Ages, the region around Cannobio was controlled by various rulers, including the Lombards, the Franks and the Este. In the 12th century, Cannobio became part of the Lombard League, which opposed the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire.

The town of Cannobio played an important role in trade, especially in the salt trade, which was of great importance in the Middle Ages. Cannobio was one of the many towns that were dependent on powerful trading cities such as Milan and Venice.

Over the centuries, the political affiliation of Cannobio has changed several times between various rulers, including the Visconti, the Sforza and the Borromeo, who played an important role in the history of the region. During this time, Cannobio experienced moments of prosperity, but also times of political unrest and conflict.

With the Peace of Campo Formio in 1797, Cannobio became part of the Cisalpine Republic and later the Kingdom of Italy under Napoleon’s rule. After the collapse of the Napoleonic Empire, the region became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia at the Congress of Vienna in 1815.

During the Second World War, the region around Cannobio was in a strategically important position, which led to various military activities and occupations. After the war and the founding of the Italian Republic in 1946, Italy experienced an economic boom, which also had a positive impact on towns like Cannobio. Tourism played an increasingly important role and many places on Lake Maggiore became popular tourist destinations.

Italy’s integration into the European Union and the introduction of the euro as a currency in the 2000s were also significant events that influenced the economic and political landscape.